Meet Dr. Christopher Filler
Merging Clinical Research with Life-Changing Treatments
What Made You Want to Become a Dentist?
My path to becoming a dentist has been both conventional as well as unconventional. Like many other dentists, choosing this career was very much a family legacy. My mother, Dr. Anne Filler, established Windham Family Dentistry in 1985. I spent many hours after school or in the summer months filing away charts, developing radiographs, and working in sterilization. I quickly realized the impact she had on the community. Everyone around town knew her and spoke highly of her community involvement over the years. Her dental practice became centered around developing long-term relationships with her patients.
As a naturally introverted and private individual, following in her footsteps as the community dentist was not my initial ambition. I was very much driven to help people but felt a career in medical research was more fitting for my personality. I began pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Connecticut where I researched metabolic disorders associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. While in the program, I began shadowing other dentists and I soon realized continuing her legacy in the family business was my passion.
What Accomplishments Are You Most Proud Of?
Many experiences have defined the dentist I am today. I have met countless dentists between growing up around the dental community, dental school at the Medical University of South Carolina and my time serving in the United States Army. They have played a role in all that I have accomplished. However, there are three career accomplishments that mean most to me. I’m very proud of the 5 years my wife and I spent together as active-duty dentists in the United States Army. We experienced a lot of personal growth as dentists as well as creating many wonderful, diverse relationships along the way treating our nation’s soldiers. Second, I’m grateful for having the ability to work alongside my wife Dr Caitlin Pyle, who is a pediatric dentist next door at Windham Kids Pediatric Dentistry. We bring different perspectives to our treatment, which I feel strengthens our ability to deliver top-notch care. Lastly, I’m extremely proud of earning my Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry along with my wife. Only 6% of General Dentists earn this distinction in their career. For both of us to follow in my mother’s footsteps in this organization is an accomplishment I’m very proud of.
What Sets Your Dentistry Apart From Your Peers?
My goal as your dentist is to provide the best quality care using the most modern approaches. Whether it’s utilizing digital intraoral scanning, fabricating same-day crown & onlays, or designing and 3D printing surgical guides to utilize in my implant treatments, digital dentistry is my passion. When digital dentistry is used well, it improves the quality of your dental experience. The following are modern approaches I feel separate me from other dentists:
- Digital scanning for crowns, clear aligners, 3D-printed night guards, and fabrication of surgical guides for dental implants.
- Utilizing an in-house mill and modern bonding techniques to deliver conservative modern dentistry. Opting for ceramic onlays & crownlays instead of full coverage crowns.
- Smile Makeovers- 3D Smile Design and 3D-printed veneers completed in-office using specialized software and a personalized experience.
- Digitally designed All-on-4/All-on-X. We complete the surgery and fabricate the hybrid denture all in our office.
- Digital implant planning. We first plan where your tooth will be positioned, then plan the surgery digitally so that we can place your implant in the correct position for the best outcomes.
- Undergraduate: University of New Hampshire- BS in Biochemistry.
- Graduate School: University of Connecticut- MS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
- Dental School: Medical University of South Carolina—DMD.
- Residency: US Army Medical Department. Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Fort Campbell, KY.
- Active Duty in the United States Army 2014–2019.
Awards & Certification
- Fellow–Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD)
- Fellow–American Academy of Implant Dentistry (FAAID)
- AGD Senior Student Dental Award
- Member–American Dental Association
- Member–American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Continuing Education Highlights
- AAID Rutgers MaxiCourse–1 year course covering over 300 hours of continuing education in implant dentistry.
- AADSM Mastery Course.
- Spear Education with Dr Frank Spear & Faculty.
- Pacific Training Institute for Facial Aesthetics with Dr. Warren Roberts.
- MOD Institute with Dr. Wally Renne.
- In total, Dr. Filler has taken over 1,000 hours of continuing education in the past 8 years.
Outside the Office
When not in the office, I spend my free time with my family. As mentioned previously, I’m married to Dr. Caitlin Pyle our neighboring pediatric dentist at Windham Kids Pediatric Dentistry. We met as classmates at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Together we have 1 son, Mason, and 1 daughter, Mackenzie. We enjoy going for walks together, hiking, and running between all their many activities. We also spend a lot of time together gardening, landscaping, and working on many projects around our house.
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